Alan Arnette has officially announced that he will be attempting K2 later this year as part of his ongoing effort to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research. Alan gave us all a hint of this expedition on social media last week, but has now confirmed his plans to take on the second highest, and arguably the most difficult, mountain in the world this summer.
Regular readers of this blog know that Alan is the go to source in terms of following expeditions climbing Everest. His insights into what is happening on that mountain are wonderful, and he often shares personal stories from his four expeditions to the tallest mountain on Earth. He has also climbed several other 8000 meter peaks, including Shishapangma, Broad Peak, and Cho Oyu.
Alan will depart for Pakistan and the Karakoram in late June, and will spend July and August climbing K2. For those of us who enjoy following the progress of mountaineering expeditions, this is great news, as we'll likely get the most comprehensive coverage of the mountain that we've ever seen. While on his expeditions, Alan always does an excellent job of sharing the experience, and I suspect this one will be no different.
At 8611 meters (28,251 ft) in height, K2 is second only to Everest in terms of height. But the mountain is far more difficult and dangerous to climb. In most seasons, only a handful of summits – if any – occur. Nicknamed "the Savage Mountain," it is also one of the most deadly. The summit-to-fatality rate hovers around 25%.
Alan promises more information on the climb will be released next week, on May 7. But he has posted a brief survey for his supporters asking them for insights into why they follow him on his website and social media, and what they "get" from his mountaineering coverage. The responses to this survey will help Alan tailor his content while on K2, and develop a good plan for his on going efforts to raise funds for Alzheimer's research.
Obviously I am looking forward to following Alan's expedition this summer. It will give us excellent insights into a K2 climb. Expect to hear a lot more about this adventure in the days and weeks ahead.
Good luck Alan! Climb on!